A Walk In The Olympic Park for In­bee

Golf Today Northwest - - Olympic Golf -

In­bee Park of the Repub­lic of Korea cap­tured Asia’s first Olympic golf gold medal when she com­pleted a re­mark­able re­cov­ery from in­jury to un­der­line her sta­tus as one of the mod­ern greats of the women’s game. The 28-year-old from Seoul recorded her third sublime 66 at Reserva de Mara­pendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro to win the first women’s com­pe­ti­tion since 1900 by five shots from New Zealand’s Ly­dia Ko and by six from Shan­shan Feng of China. Park fin­ished on a 16-un­der-par to­tal of 268 with scores of 66-66-70-66. Park turned the fi­nal day in front of a sell-out crowd into a stun­ning ex­hi­bi­tion of bril­liantly con­trolled golf, ex­tend­ing her lead from two strokes overnight into a com­mand­ing five-shot vic­tory over world No.1 Ko, who rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole for a 69 and 273 to­tal to claim the sil­ver medal. Feng matched Ko’s clos­ing score to take the bronze on 274. Just for good mea­sure, Rus­sia’s Maria Verchen­ova smashed the course record by fir­ing a nine­un­der-par 62, as­sisted by a hole-in-one at the fourth, to climb 25 places into a tie for 18th at the con­clu­sion of a highly suc­cess­ful re­turn to the Olympic Games for women’s golf. As a re­sult of to­day’s out­come, it means that all six medals awarded in the two golf com­pe­ti­tions have been dis­trib­uted among six dif­fer­ent na­tions – Korea, New Zealand and China in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion and Great Bri­tain (Justin Rose), Swe­den (Hen­rik Sten­son) and the United States (Matt Kuchar) in last week’s men’s con­test. The new Olympic cham­pion hugged her equally emo­tional three Korean team-mates af­ter hol­ing out for a reg­u­la­tion par five at the 18th hole and said: “This is def­i­nitely one of the spe­cial mo­ments in my golf­ing ca­reer and in my whole life. It

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